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5Beans | Sixpoint Brewery

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Brewed by:
Sixpoint Brewery
New York, United States

Style: Baltic Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
The Mad Scientists walked through an ancient bazaar, sniffing out ingredients for their next formulation. The stalls were buzzing with activity as exotic spice vendors promoted their fragrant wares. But what ingredient would make the fabled 5th bean? The enticing aroma of an oily, smoky pod – black cardamom – caught their attention. Now that would turn the Imperial to Bazaar...

Added by superspak on 11-01-2015

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Ratings: 402 |  Reviews: 114
Photo of RickyBfromCT
3.89/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of chrishiker1409
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mattmarka1
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Lebowskied
3.83/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of brpendergast85
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of buschbeer
3.91/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 FL. OZ. can
Served in a snifter

This beer pours black and is topped with an inch of tan head that leaves some decent lacing.

I am getting a mint and cinnamon aroma. It must be the cardamom. I get some coffee and a little bit of chocolate.

The taste is coffee right off the bat which is quickly inundated with spices and chocolate. I never really taste the vanilla. It has coffee flavor in the aftertaste.

Medium to full mouthfeel

This is an interesting beer. I drank two of them before I realized that there were various spices and flavors added besides coffee. I had a few beers prior to trying each of the other ones. On a fresh palate the spices really pop.

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Photo of redbarnbikes
3.89/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Immortale25
4.42/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Wicked Weed snifter. Bottom of can says BB15OCT2018.

A- Pours a fully opaque black color with a full inch of tan head that retains well before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a half sheet of sheer surface foam. Resilient lacing leaves a solid ring behind.

S- Medium-roast coffee aroma interlaced with cardamom. Pretty sweet with notes of milk chocolate and caramel. Also a bit of booze fume.

T- Great integration of coffee and spice that's so smooth for the higher ABV. The bitter coffee roast is balanced well with the vanilla sweetness.

M- Slightly creamy with medium carbonation and a fullish body.

O- Definitely the best in the series, if you can call it a series. 3beans was awesome, 4beans was a letdown and this is excellent.

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Photo of J10Jordan
4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of stephens101
4.23/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pure black in color with a tiny tan froth. Smells of roasted coffee beans, cocoa, milk chocolate and vanilla. Tastes of caramel, milk chocolate, bean husk and grain. It's a bit toasty too. Medium to heavy and viscous for the most part, but thin in some parts. If that can even be a thing?

Not a big coffee-forward type brew guy, but can always appreciate a well made beer of almost any sort. So while it is unlikely I will revisit this one, I still believe it is a dang good beer.

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Photo of OKbrew89
4.02/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Jpb123
4.19/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

4.17/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

First time ever trying this one from SixPoints and I am totally impressed.
12 oz can poured into a tulip .
Beautiful dark mocha color with a foamy head .
Strong smells of coffee beans, cacoa and other delightful flavors .
Absolutely delicious roasted malts from this porter and though not as thick as a stout it was also not thin .
No taste of the 10 abv whatsoever.

Highly recommended and I would buy this instantly if I saw it again on the shelf .
Definitely lived up to its past accolades from other members :)

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.11/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours an opaque yet still clear extremely dark cola brown in color (approaching but not quite jet black) with light to moderate amounts of fine active visible carbonation along the edges of the glass and very faint mahogany colored highlights. The beer has a three finger tall sudsy dense foamy dark tan head that slowly reduces to a medium sized half finger thick cap in the center of the glass surrounded by a large patch of thin film covering about 75% of the remaining surface of the beer and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of freshly brewed coffee, chocolate, and vanilla with moderate aromas of cardamon. Moderate aromas of dark malts with a moderate amount of malty sweetness.

T: Upfront there is a moderate to slightly stronger than moderate flavors of dark + roasted malts with a moderate amount of malty + dark fruit (plum) sweetness. That is followed by moderate to strong flavors of fresh cold brewed coffee, chocolate/cacao, vanilla, and cardamon (which adds an herbal spiciness). Moderate amounts of roasty bitterness which fades away quickly leaving a light underlying vanilla sweetness.

M: Slightly heavier than medium bodied with slightly heavier than moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth with a slight amount of oily slickness in the finish. Light hints of alcohol warming in the finish as the beer warms up.

O: Very enjoyable but the cardamon is a little more present that I wanted it to be (mind you, I really enjoyed 4Beans)... Easy to drink considering the strength and definitely a beer that I would be happy to have again.

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Photo of Fettpopps
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of elle_belles17
4.31/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of drdiesel9483
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look - really really dark brown with no real head and slight lacing
Smell - toasted winter spices and some sweet chocolate
Taste - toasty cocoa coffee with a spice, bitter. Hits the tongue from the front to back and stays
Feel - pretty thin with slight carbonation
Overall - great porter.

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Photo of Pro_Magnon
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Rick778
3.66/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of GarthDanielson
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can pour. Jet black with clingy tan head. Aromas of coffee roast, bittersweet chocolate, and subtle vanilla cream. Flavors are roasted heavily forward, a blend of earthy and bitter coffee with dark cacao nibs. Subtle highlights of cream and spices. Smooth, robust bodied, with a chocolate and coffee aftertaste. The finish is smooth, dry, and earthy. Good beer.

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Photo of OrangeMen
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

2016 release
~3 months from canning date

Appearance- Pours a black color, slight ruby red hues, opaque. Finger thick, light tan colored head, frothy thick. Touches of spotty head lacing and light alcohol legs on glass.

Aroma- Earthy spice, resin, pepper, winter spices. Mild roastiness and coffee, dry cocoa bitterness. Slight creaminess.

Taste- Roasty malts, coffee bitterness, dry cocoa powder and chocolates. Winter spices, earthy dryness, sweet cinnamon, and pine. Touch of vanilla creaminess.

Feel- Medium feel, fairly dry from the spicing. Moderate carbonation, fluffy and creamy smooth.

Overall- Spice adds a real interesting complexity, borderlines on winter type spices but then also is peppery and piney. Coffee and cocoa come forward most, only a touch of vanilla maybe on the finish. Very interesting flavor profile that works, warming and interesting.

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Photo of HopHunter19
4.02/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - nice dark brown black beer with amocha head that sticks and leaves nice lacing
S - big coffee, vanilla, chocolate, roasted malts, nutmeg, cardamom? - not sure if thats what it is but theres a nice holiday hominess to this one
T # big coffee, vanilla, chocolate, roasted malts, holiday spice
M - heavy mouthfeel, alc covered, aftertaste is roasty malts and coffee
O - great beer

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Photo of q33jeff
3.91/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75


Can to snifter. Last of my 4 pack, not sure why I didn't rate/review this before. Fresh 5beans lost a head to head with year old 4beans.

LOOK: dark black, medium beige head. Fades to a smaller head that lasts a bit.

AROMA: Coffee, spice, i guess it's cardamom, but it smells like nutmeg too.

TASTE: roasted malt, coffee, ashy aftertaste, cocoa and vanilla from 4beans is all but gone.

FEEL: Medium to full body. Just right for a porter.

Cardamom makes it more interesting, but not better. Still a quality porter.


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Photo of cjgator3
4.06/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Klister
3.35/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

5Beans from Sixpoint Brewery
Beer rating: 4.1 out of 5 with 402 ratings
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